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Lasiommata megera

Lasiommata megera
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-09-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-10-03 12:52
Viewed: 1265
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Nymphalidae
Genus: Lasiommata
Species:L. megera

The Wall Brown, Lasiommata megera, is a butterfly in the family Nymphalidae (subfamily Satyrinae). It is widespread in the Palearctic ecozone with a large variety of habitats and a number of generations a year.
Found in North Africa, Europe, Caucasus, Asia Minor, Middle East, West Siberia, North Tian-Shan, Dzhungarsky Alatau, Kazakhstan and Dzhungaria.
Habitats include forest edges and clearings, shrubby areas in ravines and river valleys and sparse woodlands. Also found in montane habitats up to 0–3,000 metres.
The imago flies from April to October in two or three generations dependant on locality and altitude. The larva feeds on grasses in the genera Festuca, Bromus, Deschampsia, Poa, Dactylis and Brachypodium.
"The egg is pale green when first laid, and in shape it is almost spherical, but rather higher than broad ; it is finely ribbed and reticulated, but unless examined through a lens it appears to be quite smooth. The caterpillar when full grown is whitish-green, dotted with white. From the larger of these dots on the back arise greyish bristles ; the three lines on the back (dorsal and sub-dorsal) are whitish, edged with dark green ; the line on the sides (spiracular) is white, fringed with greyish hairs ; anal points green, hairy, extreme tips white. Head larger than the first ring (first thoracic segment), green dotted with white and hairy,jaws marked with brownish.The chrysalis is green, with yellow-tinted white markings on the edge of the wing covers and ridges ; the spots on the body are yellowish, or sometimes white. Occasionally the chrysalids are blackish, with white or yellow points on the body. (South 1906)

Farfalla di medie dimensioni, caratterizzata da una livrea arancione con un reticolo di disegni marroni. Le ali anteriori mostrano un grosso ocello apicale con pupilla, le posteriori quattro ocelli posdiscali, anch'essi con punto bianco centrale. Le parti inferiori delle ali anteriori ripetono gli stessi motivi della pagina supero-anteriore, mentre, posteriormente, evidenziano una trama di disegni confusi tra i quali si individua una delicata serie di ocelli cerchiati di bruno.

L'inverno viene trascorso allo stadio larvale. I primi sfarfallamenti avvengono già nella prima decade di marzo e proseguono con più generazioni fino a novembre. Il bruco, a vita notturna e di colore verde bluastro con linee longitudinali biancastre, si nutre di diverse Graminacee, come erba mazzolina, fienarola, orzo selvatico ecc.

Distribuzione ed ecologia
Presente in Europa (salvo Scozia e gran parte della Scandinavia), Nordafrica, Asia Minore, Russia, Iran. Ovunque in Italia, dal livello del mare ai 1500 m. Nel territorio, è tra le specie più comuni, oltre che di precoce apparizione. Frequenta per lo più biotopi collinari assolati (strade campestri, margini di bosco, siepi e campagne coltivate).

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Hello Luciano,

Hope you are well, bro. Nice to meet you after a long time. An excellent shot of this lovely Wall Brown butterfly which seems perhaps the last beleaguered specimen of this season which has offered you a chance to shoot it and I think after shooting it with your camera, you should have shot it with a pistol, for I think Silvio has already tried this and it has parts of its wings missing.....smile. Simply joking.....wonderfully crystal clear shot on a beautiful sunny day. Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

best regards/Abid

Ciao Luciano, bentornato, macro di gran qualità, ma ti giuro che le parti che mancano non le ho mangiate io, gran bella su un favoloso cielo azzurro, ma come è ridotta poverina, da noi stagione finita, anche se con un p' di sole ci riprovo, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-10-03 16:25]

Hello Luciano,
First I must say bravo to the butterfly, for it's ability to still fly after such devastating damage to it's wings. Focus is tac sharp showing exceptional detail. Colors are well saturated and the exposure is right on the money. I like the low POV you chose which is quite attractive and not often presented. Great job!!

Bonsoir Luciano
ce pauvre papillon a l'air d'avoir connu de grandes mésaventures a cause de ses ailes abîmées, mais la photo est magnifique, les couleurs sont intenses et la netteté superbe
passe un bon dimanche, mon ami

Ciao Luciano,
une superbe foto de ce papillon déjà un peu! touché par le temps...
bon dimanche

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-10-04 0:46]

Ciao Luciano,
Excellent shot of this damaged butterfly. Have you tried to catch it? :-) Gorgeous light in superb sharpness and details. Taken from a very good POV.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-10-04 0:57]

Hello Luciano,
You spotted a fantastic pose. POV and composition are pleasant. Very well done and tfs.
Regards Sigi

hallo Luciano
nice picture of this butterfly
good light and beautiful colours
thanks gr lou

Ciao Luciano,
This guy just came from the battlefield, as I see. :-) Incredible photo, fantastic exposure control, composition and sharpness. Even from the thumbnail view, I immediately knew who made this photo, without checking the name out. ;-) You have your own individual style, which makes your photography different from anyone else's. Absolutely excellent! Bravo!
Kind regards from László, who has access to the internet again. ;-)

Hello Luciano,
with some wing damage this is probably not the best of specimens,however the remaining areas are well exposed and very well displayed.
Regards Les.

Hello Luciano,

Well captured this poor butterfly. Very well PP work. Nice sharp photograph. Photograph's quality is very good.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2015-10-05 19:01]

Hi Luciano
As always, a great picture with amazing sharpness and beautiful colors. The butterfly is nice despite the damaged wings.


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